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It all started with some loose jam sessions in the rehearsal rooms of the bands Bland Bladen and Mantric Muse. Founded by Scott Heller aka Dr. Space (synth, management) in 2004 ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE (OSC) are a multinational crew which get together as often as possible to play free form improvised space rock music. The band name derives from the Øresund Bridge, connecting Denmark and Sweden since the year 2000. The purpose is to offer another flavour with every new session. This is guaranteed by everlasting line-up changes.

The whole OSC family comprises more than 30 members in the meanwhile, temporarily entrusted by nearly every existing Nordic psych/space band. They have toured all over in Europe whilst collaborating with Sula Bassana and others. The musical trademark is provided by a grooving backbone in general. This is decorated by playful multiple guitars and a proper proportion of synthesizer and organ input. The interplay is somnambulistic due to a special spirit. All in all their music blends elements of psychedelic, space, dub, jazz and krautrock. Nearly every studio session or live gig has been recorded - the best-of excerpts got a place on several studio albums, starting with the eponymous debut in 2006.

Additionally the band offer several recordings for free via their official website respectively other legal download platforms, for example Internet Archives. The Black Tornado Studios in Copenhagen must be beneficial for the band's spirit - with the result of several highlights. Released on Transubstans 'It's All About Delay' (2006) and 'Black Tomato' (2007) are critically acclaimed albums coming from jam sessions in early 2006. Two years later a different line-up recorded new high quality material at the same place. 'Slip Into The Vortex' and 'Dead Man In Space' have been already released in 2010, a third album is announced.

see also:
Glossolalia (OSC side project)

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4.47 | 10 ratings
Øresund Space Collective
2006
3.58 | 10 ratings
It's All About Delay
2006
4.17 | 49 ratings
The Black Tomato
2007
4.00 | 12 ratings
Inside Your Head
2008
4.09 | 16 ratings
Good Planets Are Hard To Find
2009
3.69 | 17 ratings
Dead Man In Space
2010
4.00 | 17 ratings
Slip Into the Vortex
2010
3.45 | 8 ratings
Entering Into The Space Country
2011
3.03 | 10 ratings
Sleeping With The Sunworm
2011
3.96 | 8 ratings
Phaze Your Fears
2012
4.83 | 6 ratings
Give Your Brain A Rest From The Matrix
2012
4.14 | 9 ratings
West, Space and Love
2012
4.14 | 11 ratings
Organic Earthly Flotation
2013

ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.67 | 3 ratings
Live At Roadburn 2010
2011
4.75 | 4 ratings
Live At Kildemose Festival 2008-2010
2013
4.17 | 5 ratings
Hamburg Concerts
2013

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2.73 | 5 ratings
Chased by the Space Police
2012

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 Phaze Your Fears by ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 8 ratings

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Phaze Your Fears
Øresund Space Collective Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Another few months, another release of quality instrumental and fully improvised space rock from Dr Space and his cosmic cadets with the Oresund Space Collective! `Phaze Your Fears', originally released on vinyl in 2012 and given a double CD reissue in 2013 with `Entering Into the Space Country' (I'm the proud owner of both formats!), the album continues to see the band constantly refining their sound and exploring expansive new corners of the galaxy, and with four guitarists credited on this release (two per side), there's plenty of interesting sounds to discover. I always like to point out little differences that make each of their albums stand out from each-other, and this one is no different.

Side A's title track sees the band mired in a brooding snarling swampy sound, heavy and driving as if they're marooned on the surface of a mucky alien world. The early sections of the piece have a serious dark groove to them, beautiful subtle tempo changes back and forth thanks to some spontaneous drum-fills and punchy unrelenting bass. The usual OSC synths take more of a back-seat to the twin guitarists, who help give the piece a driving and confident slow-burn. The second half turns into one of the dustiest and most bluesy pieces from the band to date, a searing near-boogie that kicks up so much dirt, it's interesting to hear them with their feet on the ground for a change! A welcome diversion from all their usual outer space adventures.

The flip-side aims for the stars again, and `Ear Meat' initially starts like many Oresund pieces, glistening and ethereal chiming guitars drenched in reverb and delay, shimmering synth pulses and tendril-like bass that creates a floating deep space cocoon for the listener. But things rapidly take a dangerously psychedelic turn once the band surprisingly incorporate whispered treated poetry. We emerge on the other side to a sonically violating electronic passage that reminds of similar sections of the Ozric Tentacles' `Strangeitude' album, then plodding hypnotic bass and a black hole of whirling synths take the OSC closer than ever to a serrated and unnerving Hawkwind edge. Completely disorientating and experimental, it's another immense colourful vision with a hint of danger that the band does so well.

You can safely pick up any Oresund Space Collective release and know you're going to get some quality space rock, and `Phaze Your Fears' is no exception. The title track presents them at their more earthy and grounded best, the second side their most wildly inventive, ambitious and challenging trip so far. It's perfect for new listeners and even more satisfying for established followers, and it's even better value now that it's available in a double CD set - two sublime space albums, what more could be ask for?

Four stars.

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 Chased by the Space Police by ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
2.73 | 5 ratings

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Chased by the Space Police
Øresund Space Collective Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars After six years of maturing, another VSOP clip from the vast cosmos of Øresund Space Collective jams got wrapped inside striking graphic designs of Påhl Sundström. Twelve minutes durating freeform blast captures the authentic studio feeling via audible conversations of band members on the start, and recording does not conceal the process of searching balance for musician's sonic dialogue. Their interplay of the band goes well as usual, but this single seems slightly frustrating due lack of both lenght and scarcity of dramatic developments on the potential of improvisational levels. Have managed to experience these aural tunnel visions few times on live concerts, and I would really recommend attendance to those even more than this particular recording. But what I really like on this capture is the emphasis of dynamic space rocking over ethereal soundscapings - I recall the latter were more on front on concert of 2007 in Helsinki. This preference being ofcourse just a revelation of my own subjective tastes, and there is nothing wrong with calm meditativeness. Sometimes more hectic open rock just seems to pour more vitality to the cup of everyday's endurance from the vase of Innovation's Holy Spirit. I would warmly recommend to allow Dr. Space and his friends to elevate You from mundane obligations of normal life for awhile, orbitting our singular home planet and from there to musical clusters beyond. The internet archive page could be mentioned as a good launchpad for such stress-relieveing voyages.

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 Organic Earthly Flotation by ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.14 | 11 ratings

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Organic Earthly Flotation
Øresund Space Collective Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars I had no faintest idea about this Danish-based Øresund Space Collective with surprisingly many releases, until our psych/space rock expert Eetu Pellonpää asked me if I would like to review their new album. Of course I do! Eetu's identifiable cover art on this gatefold LP is a very nice companion to the music. Even the vinyl itself is unique: coloured light blue, and the etiquettes are Eetu's drawings too. So I see this release as a celebration of the good old vinyl-form that can become an important part of album's identity.

The music is laid-back, dreamy space rock with jazz & blues flavour, totally instrumental, and features guitar as the leading instrument. Kev's review tells about the central element of improvisation. I didn't know that but it's easily felt in the free-floating way the tracks move forward - or rather, keep hovering in anti-gravity. 'Walking on Clouds', like the first side is titled. The album was recorded in just two days (April 2012), which is the best proof of the skill of this group. It doesn't sound half-baked or unfinished. My only negative remark would be that the four tracks may not vary the sound, shape or mood as much as would be an ideal. But still the whole album is an enjoyable ride and suits perfectly for either background for e.g. reading - or Tantric sex (of which I have no experience actually, but that felt like the right thing to say!) - or for slow lingering between sleep and waking-up on a hurriless morning, or why not as good night music too.

The title "Organic Earthly Flotation" sums up the music pretty well. This is not cold, alienated and synthetic soundscape as much of Electronic Music is, but warm, sensitive and organic, and it sure floats psychedelically. The spacey guitar playing has a bluesy vibe and synths furthermore paint the images of space. Sometimes they are Kitaro-like windy sounds, sometimes related to Schulze, Jarre and such, sometimes bizarre psychedelic bubbling (like in the end of side one of NEKTAR's Remember The Future). Drums - and naturally bass guitar - are also an essential part of the sound. No hi-hat or fancy tempo changes, but a relaxed basic backing to give the "earthly" feel. I get associations of the late sixties Pink Floyd, Bo Hansson's Sagan om Ringen, Manuel Göttsching (Ash Ra Tempel, Ashra and solo) and some other Krautrock, Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing' - and perhaps also Santana for the guitar work, but I was carried there by the track title 'Carlos on the Moon', which, I believe, refers to Carlos Santana. At least that's a better bet than Walter/Wendy Carlos, right?

I warmly recommend this to all friends of bluesy, relaxed space rock.

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 Organic Earthly Flotation by ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.14 | 11 ratings

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Organic Earthly Flotation
Øresund Space Collective Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Back in 2006 I was sent a copy of the debut release by Øresund Space Collective, and I was amazed at the spaced out improvisation that I was presented with. Now, just seven years later and the 'band' is back with their 16th release. This is a band in the loosest concept, as only synthesizer players Mogens and DR. Space have been on all the releases and here they are again joined by all the members of the Danish band Papir (Kristoffer - drums, Nicklas - guitar, Christian - bass (only on 'Neptune Rising')). In addition, Pär from the bands Sgt. Sunshine, Carpet Knights, Hoofoot played bass. The line up for this album was completely by American guitar player Daniel Lars for whom this was his first trip ever to Denmark and playing with the Øresund Space Collective.

The opening track, "Walking on Clouds" (composed by Daniel, which the rest of the band jammed on) was the only one that was pre-written, with the other three being totally improvised. There are only four songs, but it still has a total playing time of 48 minutes. If you have never come across these guys, then they are well worth investigating. There is something incredibly entrancing and inviting about this style of space rock which has as much in common with jazz as it does with Hawkwind as the guys all take their cues from each other and goes wherever the music takes them. It is inventive, compelling and somewhat incredible all at the same time. This album had as much of an impact on me as their debut did, and now I see that I am going to have to spend some time investing in some of the others that have passed me by. This is a band that very much follow their own path, bringing together elements from many, to create something singularly and definitively theirs. All of the band combine to make this all work, building a sonic soundscape that allows the guitars to bring together the best of Hillage and Allen, in a truly wonderful way. For more details on this and all of their releases visit www.oresundspacecollective.com.

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 Hamburg Concerts by ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE album cover Live, 2013
4.17 | 5 ratings

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Hamburg Concerts
Øresund Space Collective Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Here we have a nice limited edition release by the always reliable Dr Space and his Oresund Space Collective, a collection of favorite live performances from 2012. It contains all the unpredictable and colourful psychedelic spacerock the band is known for, and every single new release from the OSC reveals new facets and unexplored directions. Fully improvised as usual, and despite the four pieces being taken from different performances, the album still flows as a cohesive whole and makes for a sumptuous cosmic trip.

`Viking Stew Catastrophe' begins as a slow burning dark alien reggae groove in the furthest reaches of space, subtly moving through brooding unknowing black-hole tension, pulse-quickening electronic danger and finally aggressive maddening attack in the finale before you even have time to breathe. Imagine David Gilmour in his late 60's/early 70's prime jamming in the corner, with Tangerine Dream standing at the bar before being crushed and pushed aside by the stomping Hawk Lords themselves. A seamless performance that floats through a range of moods and emotions effortlessly.

The pulsing synth bubbles that open `The Church Goes To Space' sound so much more like a deep sea aquatic voyage that it makes me want to take on Bubble Man and his underwater lair in `Mega Man 2' all over again (man, that takes me back about 20 years)! Tranquil and dozy chiming electric guitar delay ripples around the speakers, brooding slinky bass slithers along the ocean surface, before gentle blowing winds lift us up and fling us towards the space lines. We spin and weave around the aural tornado, lonely yet comforting crystalline electric guitar majesty and the hint of rumbling drum thunderclaps make our heart skip a beat. We are guaranteed safety here, but the protection is soon to be tested.

`Monster Jam (excerpt)' is just that, all snarling snapping attacking danger, guitars and drums charging right for the throat of this traveller, stomping down hard and heavy, intimidating organ and howling monster wails crushing all in it's path. Soon otherworldly forces begin the difficult task of reshaping this damaged planet, dubby bass, scratchy lively searing guitar and swirling synths our colourful, playful and finally proud and joyous soundtrack that hints at the excitement and opportunity of creating life anew, full of possibilities and potential.

New life moves through `The River Flows Through Me', fused with a mix of human and alien DNA emerging from the ruins of this wrecked world. A new dawn of spiritual enlightenment and peace, the driving and melodic guitar jamming filled with renewed purpose, the glorious synth washes and strident drumming moving us ever forward. Gulping swallowing bass draws in the negative energy and disperses it into a positive humming life-force, a raging whirlwind of synesthesia as our sensory pathways are blurred as one. Time slows down, thoughtful bluesy guitar makes us ponder who we are and stops us from losing ourselves, we reflect on this altered state of being with pulsing repetitive disorientating electronic waves and beats to numb our thoughts into hypnotic bliss. The final passage is a truly moving, emotional and victorious send off, rarely before have the band sounded so uplifting, before a roaring guitar solo brimming with confidence closes the piece that might be one of the greatest moments the OSC has ever committed to disc. Waves of time, hold me close, and carry me floating into the New Age.

Although housed in a simple cardboard slipcase, special mention must go to the insane galactic rainbow explosion cover artwork, and I'm pretty sure that's some kind of cosmic rooster buried in the swirling patterns! Hopefully we see more of these limited edition live performance releases in the future, and as this one is limited to 200 copies, space cadets better get a move on and snap it up right away!

Four exploding stars.

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 Entering Into The Space Country by ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.45 | 8 ratings

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Entering Into The Space Country
Øresund Space Collective Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars `Entering Into the Space Country' sees improvisational instrumental space-rockers the Oresund Space Collective at their most intense and intimidating, playing with a true sense of danger and fearsome psychedelic tension. Like the invading alien ships on the front cover of the LP, the band themselves seem to be raiding the senses and asserting their control over the listener, and it's not for the faint of heart! This is one of their best so far, and they've never sounded so focused and dynamic. In addition to the occasional and expected little moments that have a Hawkwind or Ozric Tentacles influence (which the band leave further behind with each new release), this time around they even seamlessly work in elements from the early albums of Porcupine Tree, ambient dance group The Orb, and most surprisingly Steve Howe and Yes. But most surprising is that they've also developed a serious case of the deep space blues!

Head Oresund visionary Dr Space achieves superb results with his chosen associates this time around (and for the companion album from the same sessions, `Phaze Your Fears'). In addition to the three amazing guitarists I'll mention below, thanks to Troels Drasbech, never has the drumming sounded so varied, unpredictable and propulsive. The bass playing of Jiri Jon Hjort is given a thick and upfront place in the mix, creating a truly commanding and trace-like sound. Dr Space himself and fellow synth player Mogens Pederson actually take a less prominent role this time, preferring to colour the backgrounds with restrained electronic washes while letting the other great musicians take the centre stage.

Opening with a galloping `One of These Days'-like Pink Floyd rhythm and lots of short sharp guitar stabs over drifting synths, side-long piece `Born Between Stars' is one most draining works the band has composed so far. There's a fiery intensity, a real harshness to the ragged guitar soloing from Claus Bohling and Stefan Krey that just goes on forever, reaching out to the furthest reaches of space, taking on a snarling menace. You'll have the sensation of being totally overwhelmed, isolated, slowly slipping into madness, and the band has never sounded so darkly groovy before. Half way through we arrive at a slightly calmer passage, full of lulling repeated sleepy bass lines, shimmering synth programming loops and delayed guitar jamming. But it's all a deceptive calm before the storm, as Troels rattles off a machine gun drum attack and the band goes berserk, full of thrashing scorching Hawkwind meets Ozrics face-melting guitar intensity and thunderstorm whirling keys. After a few minutes of sonic menace, the band retreat back, and I'm sure for a few seconds they're almost channeling Yes from the opening of `Soon' off their `Relayer' album. Some sedate and soothing final moments with an almost skipping guitar melody, before a spontaneous final comeback run from Troels that picks up the tempo, you almost get the feeling this piece could have taken off in yet another extended direction here...and even after 22 minutes, it still seems to end too soon!

After opening like The Orb's `Spanish Castles In Space', full of floating loneliness and synths groaning heavy sighs, the energetic momentum begins again as `Rising Tides and Floating Nebulas' sees the band kick off with some very relentless dirty bluesy slide guitar playing from Mathias Danielsson, almost sounding like Yes' Steve Howe in his noisy 70's live prime. Every O.S.C albums brings something new to their sound, and this is quite an interesting direction for them to wander down! Add in some Ashra-influenced electronic looping, plucky foot-tapping bass, sprightly up-tempo drumming, Steve Hillage-like delayed chiming guitar work and swirling hypercolour synths bubbling all around for your perfect outer space voyage! The final drifting passage is one of the most triumphant themes the band was achieved on disc so far, managing the sort of grand melodic extended guitar solo that Steven Wilson used to perform on the early Porcupine Tree albums so beautifully.

7 minute finale `Red Earth Calling' makes you think you're going to get a nice come-down to end the album on, but very quickly that hint of threat and menace slowly creeps back in. Full of middle- eastern mysticism, we're initially blessed with hypnotic waves of trilling guitars and phasing whirlpools of synths, it almost even resembles parts of Jefferson Airplane's classic rambling `Spare Chaynge' instrumental. But very soon the music takes a bad turn, weeping bending guitar lines start to resemble tormented wailing cries, the atmosphere turning thick and brooding. It ends the album and the listener in a dark place, very confronting and quite brave for the band.

The darker elements of `Entering Into the Space Country' makes this one of the more challenging releases from the Oresund Space Collective, but it's also inspiring just how good they're getting, every album bringing them one step closer to releasing that truly perfect album. Fans of overwhelming spacerock and involving improvised music will find much to appreciate here.

Four stars.

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 Øresund Space Collective by ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.47 | 10 ratings

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Øresund Space Collective Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BORA

5 stars Groovy Neo-Hippies embracing the Beyond. Just superb!

This debut album by the band is perhaps slightly more structured than future outputs, but that's neither a plus, nor a minus. It's just how they were in that moment. OK, lets lay down the Law. This is largely instrumental jamming of the better kind.

Now, I could never come to terms with as why some people have that serious dislike for jamming, a form of credible and artistic approach to improvising. OSC are a largely improvising band with a door open to virtually anyone to join in. In their live performances, you'll never hear the same track performed in an identical way and I just love that sense of freedom and openness!

These guys actually fill a huge gap in Prog. Spacey, yet sophisticated in their approach to simplicity. The rhythm section swings in a slightly jazzy way, providing a vehicle to the synth layering of "space sounds" and the guitars to add some nice licks but nothing to do with boring Electronic stuff that puts you in a coma for little gain..

Now, onto the customary comparisons. The effort is much closer to better moments of Steve Hillage, but also invites memories of the Floydian approach of the '70s. Contrary to the space sound, very little to do with Hawkwind, a band that I also like - with some reservations.

Ageing hippies - like myself - may remember of the attitude to "sharing is caring" that's not known in today's "dog eat dog" societies running a threadmill of greed. These people have the generosity of heart to provide free downloads of numerous live performances from their website. Hard copies too, could be obtained at a peppercorn price.

Now, that's the spirit I can happily relate to. Aside from the very enjoyable music, they make me feel like I've gained an instant family, a tribe. The package as a whole (music and attitudes combined) deserves a 5 from me, nothing less.

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 West, Space and Love by ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.14 | 9 ratings

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West, Space and Love
Øresund Space Collective Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars A wonderful companion LP to the numerous Oresund Space Collective albums, it might be fair to say `West, Space and Love' is the most successful, evocative and fascinating release Dr Space and his revolving door of cohorts have released so far. A beautifully atmospheric, floating, hypnotic and confronting middle-eastern psychedelic folk raga-rock space mantra chill-out work - phew! Fans of Ash Ra Tempel, Kebnekaise, Agitation Free, Brainticket and the early Vangelis album `The Dragon' will likely find so much to treasure here.

The play on words of `High Rise' could not be more appopriate, as constantly stoned and ragged unhinged electric guitar solos over buzzing winds and cool electronic textures that ebb and flow to build the tension. Maddening tabla and middle eastern percussion tap away throughout the entire piece to create a very disorientating atmosphere.

`Kafi (For Your Love)' is a reflective, heartfelt and spiritual sitar/drone piece with a deeply ambient and swirling keyboard middle very similar to the Manuel Gottsching/Ashra `New Age Of Earth' bubbling runs. Lovely and mystical.

The cosmic electronic effects, folky acoustic guitar and bluesy lead electric playing of the grooving `Spirit Blues' drifts amongst low-key synth washes and hypnotic tabla percussion. Sure to get you nodding your head in appreciation. `Repetition' lives up to it's name, although it's never boring. A long droning ambient piece full of sitar, tabla and glistening dancing crystaline keys, almost drifting into programmed/Tangerine Dream territory, something that several OSC albums have also done lately.

`Sitars In Space' is the most unsettling piece on the album. Although full of howling cosmic winds and long drawn-out echoing sitar, much of the piece travels through eerie and murky murmerring dark bass tension and groaning deep-space machine electronics. Like a sinister nightmare, this track almost compliments dark space works like Tangerine Dream's `Zeit' in parts, and it shares that albums' sense of overwhelming isolation and solitude.

The Oresund Space Collective albums keep coming along nicely, but hopefully the members involved in this wonderful diversion will continue to collaborate and release more quality works in the future! Each new release by the related Oresund Space Collective projects brings them closer to the classic drifting psych/space works of bands like Agitation Free they surely have in them. I buy everything the band releases and have yet to be disappointed. Every new release brings them closer and closer to a truly defining work.

But for now, `West, Space and Love' is a meditative and captivating album to place alongside artists like Daevid Allen's `Sacred Geometry' that successfully fuses ambient, electronic and ethnic/world elements to create an intoxicating and timeless psychedelic spacey journey.

Highly recommended. Four stars!

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 Sleeping With The Sunworm by ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.03 | 10 ratings

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Sleeping With The Sunworm
Øresund Space Collective Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars `Sleeping With The Sunworm' is a 57 minute instrumental space rock jam performed by the Oresund Space Collective. Lead by the charismatic Dr Space, their fully improvised music takes you on a hazy and hallucinogenic voyage, and although split into three tracks on the CD, the music is really one long continuous piece. Anyone who enjoys the deep galaxy adventures of bands like Nektar, Dom, Zone Six, early Pink Floyd and the Ozric Tentacles will find much to enjoy here.

An air of mystery surrounds the opening few minutes of the first part. A thick wall of electronic noise purrs away like pulsing generators, while gentle blowing winds and hypnotic bass draws to mind `Ricochet'-era Tangerine Dream. Warm tambourine percussion enhances this sound and gives it a repetitive trance-like loop, again like the 70's electronic artists. The music slowly builds in urgency, like a suffocating vacuum, as alien-sounding wailing synth effects creep through, stony strummed chords play over and over into infinity alongside ghostly floating organ. Then without warning, the drums kick in with a warm skipping rhythm and a melodic guitar solo take flight!

Overloaded with sonic sound effects, part two tears through deep space as the guitar takes a rougher turn. Throbbing synths and snappy upbeat drum-work soars even higher, while Steve Hillage-like fuzzed up guitars drift around the dreamy atmosphere. There's a great jazzy groove to much of this section, especially the drumming. Half way through the beat gets pounding and harder, the bass more chugging and dominating like Hawkwind. The music takes on an almost dervish like quality, maddening and overwhelming. Love how the rhythm slows up and speeds down, back and forth, really throws the listener around! Lots of squalling wah-wah guitar dripping with noise here, and some gorgeous glissando and a knockout bubbling keyboard run near the end!

Frantic drumming and crazy jumping synths fight it out before the storm subsides as we enter the third movement. A mellow come-down with some loopy keyboards, acid-drenched bluesy guitar and very loose addictive bass and drums. Fans of early 70's Floyd will love the first ten minutes of this section, and it's probably the highlight of the album. Then the beat expertly picks up again, with some shimmering keys and roaring guitar solos fighting through hissing winds and stormy waves. I love how the drumming takes on a very hypnotic, almost programmed feel! This final section has a lot of tension, and it ends the piece overall in an energetic and dramatic manner.

I react differently to this album each time I listen to it. Gripping and hugely atmospheric one time, then plodding and mundane the next. You just have to be in the right mood for it. Anyone who hasn't heard the band before might be better inclined to give the terrific `Live at Roadburn 2010' double LP a listen first, as it offers much more variety.

The CD is limited to 500 copies, so anyone interested would be wise to get in touch with the band or their reliable prog supplier and snap up a copy! I think it's important for us to support talented artists committed to our favourite progressive related genres like this, and Oresund Space Collective put out consistently good quality releases.

Although not a lot of emotional depth, `Sleeping With The Sunworm' is still a very vibrant, colourful and very listenable cosmic trip around the galaxy!

Three stars.

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 Chased by the Space Police by ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
2.73 | 5 ratings

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Chased by the Space Police
Øresund Space Collective Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by memowakeman
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2 stars They were running, and later chased! I really enjoy the philosophy behind Oresund Space Collective, they have curious and particular albums and song titles, and also the musician's pseudonyms are funny and attractive. This time they have joined Prog-Sphere Records in order to release a single, a song entitled "Chased by the Space Police" which was actually recorded back in 2006, but released a month ago in this current 2012. As usual, here we will have a jam where the collective produces spacey and psychedelic music.

So this is actually a leftover (I hate the adjective) of those 2006 jams, however, that does not mean it is a weaker jam, not at all, here we can appreciate and enjoy once again what these crazy and original musicians are capable of. The rhythm is dynamic, not that slow nor that faster, it brings moments of tranquility and some other of intensity. As usual, the synths work is phenomenal because it produces the different atmospheres and textures that work as the context of the guitars. The jam flows so deliciously that all of a sudden when we are enjoying its climax, it finishes, so I have stated in other reviews that some I don't love some longer tracks, but here I would have loved more minutes of the adventurous escape of the space police, before being finally chased.

Cool work once again, though in my (maybe ridiculous) policy I don't usually rate with more than two stars to 20-less minutes releases, because in my opinion those are mostly for fans. But well, don't pay attention to my rating, you better get this track (and more OSC music) and have fun.

Enjoy it!

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